Workshops

2017 Plein Air Painting Workshops:

“If you think painting is fun, you’re doing it wrong!”

Plein air landscape painting in Italy.

I’ll be teaching a short course in Carmel Valley in July of 2017 with Carmel Visual Arts. Click here for information. The course is currently full.

Daniela Astone and I will be teaching in the Chianti region of Tuscany in 2017. The dates are the 2nd to the 10th of September. The course is currently full.

I will also be teaching a week-long course in Maine in early/mid July with Waltham Studios. You can contact them directly for information. The course is currently full.

For those who can’t make it, here is a short video of me discussing greens during a past course:


And here are a couple of past demonstrations from my plein air workshops in Les Plans, Switzerland:

I’ll add the materials list here, since people often ask for it:

Oil Colors:
Titanium white.
Cadmium yellow light (not Lemon)
Cadmium yellow medium
Cadmium orange
Yellow ochre (Golden ocher by Old Holland, Zecchi’s Roman ocher, or Michael Harding’s French ocher).
A light cadmium red or vermilion
Cadmium red medium
Cerulean blue
Ultramarine blue (Old Holland ultramarine deep ultramarine is essential).
Cobalt blue (manganese blue if it’s a tropical location).

For the cadmium colors, I like Williamsburg, for blues I prefer Old Holland. Most titanium whites are fine.
The only important ones are the ocher and Old Holland’s ultramarine deep.

Medium:
I use a balsam/sun-thickened oil medium, Zecchi sells it in Europe, Blue Ridge was selling it in the US. Bring anything you’re comfortable with.
Turpentine, Gamsol, or mineral spirits.

Other stuff:
Portable easel.
Support: 20 x 30 cm (8 x 12 in.) or larger prepared wood panels or primed linen canvas.
A palette, preferably folding for keeping paint off your transportation.
Palette cups for turpentine and medium.
Palette knives.
A selection of brushes. I use Cornelissen series 44 bristle brushes (sizes 3 to 8) and small Zecchi sables (sizes 0 to 5). Hat, sunscreen, waterproof clothes, a clip-on umbrella, and bug spray.